Postal Helpline
Chris: PO Box 9090

Tel: (Helpline UK) 08457 90 90 90


Samaritans' mission

Samaritans is available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.

24-hour availability

Callers can contact Samaritans 24 hours a day by telephone, letter, e-mail and minicom. Callers can also visit a branch for face-to-face support. Each branch will advertise when they are available for face-to-face support.

Samaritans was established in 1953 and now has over 200 branches throughout the UK & Ireland. A list of local branches can be found on their website.

Emotionally supportive

Callers in need of Samaritans' service are accepted without prejudice and encouraged to talk or write about their feelings, acknowledge their emotions and explore options.

Volunteers use their listening skills, recognise the needs of callers and respond appropriately. Volunteers will not impose their own convictions, or influence callers, in regard to politics, philosophy or religion.

Last updated on 19/08/2014

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